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The Well of Ascension Audiobook

The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

As Kelsier's protégé and slayer of the Lord Ruler she is now venerated by a budding new religion, a distinction that makes her intensely uncomfortable. Even more worrying, the mists have begun behaving strangely since the Lord Ruler died, and seem to harbor a strange vaporous entity that haunts her.Stopping assassins may keep Vin's Mistborn skills sharp, but it's the least of her problems.

Luthadel, the largest city of the former empire, doesn't run itself, and Vin and the other members of Kelsier's crew, who lead the revolution, must learn a whole new set of practical and political skills to help. It certainly won't get easier with three armies - one of them composed of ferocious giants - now vying to conquer the city, and no sign of the Lord Ruler's hidden cache of atium, the rarest and most powerful allomantic metal.

As the siege of Luthadel tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.

©2007 Brandon Sanderson; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"All the explosive action any adventure fan could want." (Locus)
"A great epic fantasy.... Fans of Terry Goodkind and Terry Brooks will find The Well of Ascension fulfilling, satisfying, and incredibly exciting." (SFRevu.com)
"Vin's struggles with love and power inject the human element into Sanderson's engaging epic." (Booklist)

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    Elaine Flavin 03-23-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Story Excellent Narrative"

    I enjoyed the first book in the series and was annoyed that I had to wait several months for the second one. Well the wait was worth it!

    The story begins with a year having passed since end of the last book. Sanderson deftly picks up where he left off, tying up loose ends and creating new twists.

    Michael Kramer does an excellent job of giving voice to the characters and creating a tapestry of the final empire from the books pages in the listener's mind. Switching between voices and emotions while keeping a netural narrative tone where appropriate makes the second book as much a pleasure as the first to listen to.

    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very Booring, only last 4 hours where really good."
    Any additional comments?

    Don't get me wrong - the story is OK, but it could have been told in a MUCH faster pace. 16-18 hour would have been more than enough to provide interesting story and develop all the characters and plotlines. But...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Orkan Okumus 05-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Truly disappointing"

    Weak plot, boring combats and an uninspiring love story to supposedly bind it all. A shadow of book one, where main character(s) development headed into the wrong direction.. side characters and their stories were much more interesting!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Darrin 05-24-17
    Darrin 05-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Slightly disappointed"

    After finishing this book I felt like I'd just listened to 20+ hours of fanfiction. I've been told this book was mostly set up for book 3 and it shows. While not a terrible book, I feel like many storylines were a bit forced and it occasionally fell into the "woe is me" themes that were a bit annoying. Recommend if you liked the first book. Do not recommend if you're on the fence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J & E Tichy Minnesota 02-08-17
    J & E Tichy Minnesota 02-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "More of the Same"

    I was really hoping things would have improved from the last book but that just isn't the case. Lots of scenes of people sitting around and talking about what they should do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Larry 01-26-12
    Larry 01-26-12
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    "Not as good as the first book"

    I LOVED the first book, it's been awhile since I've read/heard such great novel so I was quite eager to start the second book in the series.

    I have to admit that I am a bit disappointed in the second book. The story is still quite good, but not great, I think this is because the story lacks a purpose. In the first book the goal was to overthrow the Lord Ruler and everything they did was one step closer to that goal. The second book seems like the goal is just to survive. Wondering what is going to happen to Luthadel is the pretty much the only thing going on.

    I didn't care much for Vin in the first book and now that she is the main character in the second book I'm a bit less interested in the story. She is depressive and whiny to listen to most of the time and overall is far too arrogant. Being Mistborn seems to have given her a superiority complex, not to mention far too dependent on them. Elend is also quite annoying, naive and far too honest for his own good. He is a Socialist day dreamer with utopian ideals that could never work in reality, not even in his own reality. This along with Vin crying about how she doesn't fit in really made the book less interesting. I was hoping for an adventure like the first book. I thought this book might have been more about The Well of Ascension and less about Luthadel. I really liked the parts where they talked about Pre-Ascension times and what The Deepness was so the book wasn't all bad.

    Sadly I'm not sure if I'll listen to the 3rd book in the series though, I'm afraid Vin will become the Hero of Ages, or even worse Elend.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sir Shopper 07-19-11
    Sir Shopper 07-19-11 Member Since 2014
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    "From Courageous to Cowardly"

    The first book showed how smart, crafty and courageous the characters were against the Lord Ruler. In the second book, the author turns them into inept cowards. In short, these characters (who are master thieves) would NEVER be so docile and ineffective in the face of such a struggle. I couldn't connect with the characters I fell in love with from the first book as they were too stupid to live. Also, the author should have researched details of Medieval combat as it would have increased the realism of this siege story. What a lost opportunity! If they make this series into a movie(s) they will have to rewrite the second book or the producers will lose their butts. Narrator was fantastic!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Fields 03-23-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Even better then book one"

    This was an amazing sequel. I liked the series so much that I purchased this book since they had only 1 and 3 until only a couple days ago. I have never had a book stress me out before because I was worried about the characters, and somehow this book triggered these irrational thoughts. Sanderson isn't the "best" writer. However he tells such a good story that it completely sucks you in. There are almost no sections of the book that don't have you on the edge of your seat. Highly recommended. This and A Song of Ice and Fire are two of the best fantasy series on audible.

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    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 05-03-12
    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "You'll be glad you did."

    If you've listened to and enjoyed the first book in the series you won't be disappointed in the second. This book does not suffer from the second book in the series slump like some other series. The narration from Michael Kramer is up to the standard you've come to expect from him.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    C. L. Turner 02-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Zane?"

    There is a major character in this book that simply doesn't belong...he's a manipulation, created to pivot a theme in a rather contrived way. I'm used to Mr. Sanderson being very clever...Zane was not a clever character. Kinda killed it for me.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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